Lutetiae Parisiorum (Paris): [Compagnie de la Grand-Navire], 1640. New edition. Hardcover. Folio (14 1/4 x 9 1/2"). , 1200, pp. Uncut. Modern full blue morocco, with gold lettered leather title label on spine. Raised bands. Title page in red and black lettering. Striking large engraved title vignette (6 1/4 x 5 1/2"). Decorative headpieces and initials.
Originally published in Lyon, France, in 1561, the complete works of Philo Judaeus Opera was translated and edited by Sigmund Gelen, with contributions by David Hoeschel and Adrien Turnèbe.
In this book, comes to life the genius of Hellenistic Jewish Biblical philosopher Philo Judaeus (20 BC-50 AD), who blended Greek philosophy and Judaism. Philo used philosophical allegory to attempt to fuse and harmonize Greek philosophy with Jewish philosophy. His method followed the practices of both Jewish exegesis and Stoic philosophy.
His allegorical exegesis was important for several Christian Church Fathers, but he has barely any reception history within Rabbinic Judaism. He believed that literal interpretations of the Hebrew Bible would stifle humanity's view and perception of a God too complex and marvelous to be understood in literal human terms.
“In the Diaspora, Judaism was forced to come to terms with Hellenism in a manner that could be avoided in Palestine itself… There was a movement within Judaism that sought to show the compatibility between the ancient faith and the best of Hellenistic culture… The high point of this entire tradition was Philo of Alexandria… who sought to show that the best of pagan philosophy agreed with the Hebrew Scriptures” (González I:13).
Text in Greek and Latin in parallel columns.
Minor and sporadic soiling and shelf wear to binding. Modern endpapers and fly leaves. Text in Greek and Latin. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #42648